Abba is generous to his people. Three times He gives us heaven: At Eden, at Calvary, and in Eternity.
In the story of Noahs Ark one man and his family were saved in a wooden vessel. Others perished refusing to be saved.
At the Cross one man dies on a wooden Cross to save the human family. He is not willing that any should perish. Though, alas, some may choose to.
The heart of Abba is Agape. Jesus His beloved son says he is one with the Father. In effect one son volunteers to be a sacrafice to have a shot at saving all the other children. He knows there is one way. In the garden he asks the cup to pass from Him if there is any other way. But, in that moment He knows Abba’s will, that humanity be given a chance.
Would we be so brave?
The Father is not willing that any should perish, even if it costs. The trinity is a community. So Abba suffers with the son. He does not turn His face away. Each lash, jibe, and nail he feels. Just as any father who is good would.
Would we be so brave?
There is a call to all of humanity to:
Believe in the Father’s love (agape).
Recieve the Father’s love (agape).
Reflect the Father’s love (agape) to God and others.
Will you be so brave?
How will you respond?
“O the deep, deep love of Jesus! Spread his praise from shore to shore;
how he loveth, ever loveth,
changeth never, nevermore;
how he watches o’er his loved ones,
died to call them all his own;
how for them he intercedeth,
watcheth o’er them from the throne.”
– S. Trevor Francis
Lately I haven’t posted anything here due to being fairly busy. Busy in a good way. On the 17th September 2019 God blessed my wife and I with a baby girl and Ezra with a baby sister. Both Mum and Baby are doing well, though being kept in hospital for some issues. So proud and full of love for them both.
We announced our new arrival online as follows:
“We are absolutely delighted to announce that our daughter Lilianna Blanche Holdsworth was born today at 2:45pm weighing 6lbs13oz. She is just beautiful.”
I don’t have an in depth reflection for today or anything particularly creative to write. My only thought for now is that God watches over His people. I could never have imagined years ago that at some point I would be married to my childhood sweetheart (well teen hood anyway). Nor that I would one day have a baby boy and baby girl. It has been an incredible adventure so far. In it all at various points it does seem that God or His angels have been there with us on our journeys together.
The verse I opened with appeared in my memories on Facebook from 6 years ago. It was a blessing to stumble upon it again today.
I am eternally grateful that He will command His angels concerning us to guard us in all our ways.
“Beware of works religion”, I hear the hardcore preacher say. Well, let’s be very clear, all Christians are called to love and this manifests in fruit. Indeed we are saved by God’s grace alone, through faith alone in Christ alone, for the glory of God alone. But, this is not so we may warm pews and ignore a broken and needy world at our doorstep.
“Some wish to live within the sound of Church or Chapel bell;
I want to run a Rescue Shop within a yard of hell.”—C. T. Studd
God has saved us for a purpose, His purpose. He has called us to love and good deeds. To be lights in the darkness. To love as He does. Let us Love, love, love!
Matthew 22:37-39 (ESV):
“And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
The sacrifice of lambs and goats couldn’t do it. Mere religion and ritual simply wouldn’t suffice. In steps Jesus. The God Man and gives of his own self, blood, sacrifice. The ancient priests use to lay hands on a lamb in perperatioin for slaughter and sacrifice. This symbolised the sins of the people being laid on the lamb. In a similar way Jesus takes the sins of the world on himself and becomes the final and only true sacrifice. His blood is poured out on the cross. The lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. All this so that we may be forgiven our sins and iniquities as he manifests his love and grace to us.
– A. W. Pink (1886-1952)
“What in the world?”
It is the phrase that comes to mind during family, school ground, work place, media and halls of power politics, alike.
In the world where joy is stolen by human bad behaviour.
In the world where fights and arguments break out daily from the home to the halls of power.
In this world we are to be lights. To show it a more excellent way.
This is no easy task, but by His grace may each of us be able to respond to “What in the world?” with a glimpse of another world.
A better world.